OMG….Turtles and Dolphins Today!!

Perfect summer day!

Perfect summer day!

Oh yeah, it was just this perfect today and what a day!  I got out early so I paddled north first, but it was so hot, so I turned south and a nice Kona breeze was blowing and totally cooled me off.  It was perfect paddling all the way down to the boat ramp and I could see the top of Haleakala and it was completely clear and visible.  When I got to the boat ramp, luckily three paddlers were just leaving so I had the place to myself!  It was so nice down there and water was crystal clear.  I spotted my first turtle down by the boat lane so I paddled directly to it, but just as I got to it, a jet ski whizzed by and scared it away.  Soon more turtles started to surface and I was having a great time with them.  Suddenly five stand up paddlers came into the area from the Keawakapu side, so I paddled away from them.  All of a sudden, I had two, three, four, no… FIVE turtles all around me!  I threw my hands up in the air and yelled, “surrounded!”   Well that was a mistake, because the other five paddlers came rushing over to where I was!  Only one of the paddlers stayed, though, and a really little turtle surfaced and swam by me and her!  It was so cute…..but then it darted away and disappeared…and then popped up again.  I spotted a turtle out farther, so I paddled out.  It turned out to be two turtles and I was sitting in-between them!  Then another of the five paddlers returned, and he fell into the water right by me and scared the turtles away.  I paddled away from him, since he was clearly not stable on that board, and found myself in-between two more large turtles!  I was really enjoying them, when the same guy came over to where I was, and fell off his board again…. which scared off the turtles again.  I was getting frustrated!  I paddled farther away from him and a turtle surfaced, which was the 15th turtle for the day.  It was still really nice, but I decided to paddle back while the conditions were so perfect.  When I was paddling back by Kam II, I ran into a paddling friend and we chatted for a few minutes.  She was headed in to go swimming and I decided to head in too, but then ran into another paddling friend!  We paddled in together while we chatted.  I rinsed my board off and was just getting ready to put my stuff away, when my friend came rushing over to me and said there were dolphins out by the catamaran!  She decided to go out again, so I ran to get my board.  She headed north of the catamaran where the other paddlers were headed, but I went south because I thought I saw some dolphins over there.  Sure enough, as soon as I got to them, I counted about fifteen dolphins frolicking and I was sitting right in the middle of them!  There I was, just sitting there watching quite a show as the dolphins jumped, spinned, and splashed all around me!  They were right next to my board, on both sides and then the started moving south again, so I started paddling.  They stayed right with me and I had dolphins in front of me, behind me, and on both sides of me!   It was so amazing and wonderful!  Then I saw some of them doing the backward tail skimming and diving and then I looked down and saw four dolphins surfacing belly up!  You can tell because their bellies look turquoise blue when they are on their backs.  Well,  all four of them stayed just under the water, and poked all of their noses out of the water!  Just their noses!   It looked so funny!  I cracked up laughing.  The dolphin show went on for a while and some of the time I was just sitting there clapping for the dolphins!  I followed them to Kam II and then turned back since this was my second time out and I was getting tired.  I paddled back still shaking with excitement at getting another dolphin day all in the same week!  It has been quite the summer of dolphins this year!   I just love dolphins and turtles, and I got both of them today!  What a lucky day!

About wildwahinepaddler

I have been happily living on Maui for the past twenty-four years. I have been stand up paddling for over five years. I am married to Bob; have three grown children, five grandchildren,( two grandsons and three grand daughters.) I live in Kihei, on the South shore of Maui, right up the street from Kamaole Beach Park I. I paddle from Kam I almost every morning. I love living the island life and I love sharing my paddling adventures! Come join me! Maui No Ka Oi!
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